ARCTIC Freezer Extreme Rev. 2 CPU Cooler Review

👤by Sahil Mannick Comments 📅07-04-12

Product on Review: Arctic Cooling Freezer Extreme Rev. 2
Manufacturer and Sponsor: Arctic
MSRP: $49.95/37.65 Euros
Street Price: £23.70

ARCTIC are no stranger to the world of cooling, being pioneers in the field and having served enthusiasts for more than 10 years. If the name hadnít already implied their roots, their origin started with cooling but their recent diversification into new product lines, including peripherals and speakers, has seen ARCTIC COOLING become a subset under the ARCTIC brand umbrella. One would hope that such a move hasnít changed their focus from what they do best and today we find out if that is the case or not. For review today, we have a cooler that is by no means new; the Freezer Extreme Rev.2. As the name suggests, the cooler has undergone various revisions, the latest being support for all the latest motherboards and CPUs such as LGA1155 on the Intel side, and AM3+ and FM1 on the AMD side. Most noteworthy is its support for LGA1366 processors. While this may not seem significant, and indeed LGA2011 support is currently lacking, I have to highlight at this point that like the recently reviewed Cooler Master TX3 EVO, the Freezer Extreme Rev. 2 is a lightweight cooler featuring no mounting back plates. So with that, letís talk a bit more about the actual cooler.

To start off, the Freezer Extreme is a dual tower cooler like many of the most high end coolers currently available. Arguably, the ARCTIC cooler is much smaller but it only highlights ARCTICís goal which is to bring efficiency in a much smaller, more practical package for new users and enthusiasts alike. Featuring four heat pipes 6mm in diameter, a 120mm fan, a mere weight of 608g and max cooling capacity of 160w, the Freezer Extreme has the making of the perfect mid-range cooler at budget pricing. Backed by a six years warranty, ARCTIC are also keen to demonstrate their commitment to product quality and after sales support, a point that very few companies reliably deliver on.

A bit about ARCTIC:

As an internationally active company, ARCTICís expertise ranges from noise suppression for PCs, audio, peripheral equipment and power supplies, right through to entertainment products. ARCTIC is the umbrella brand for the COOLING, SOUND, EQUIPMENT, POWER, HOBBY and Living product ranges.

ARCTIC is now a leading manufacturer of CPU coolers, GPU coolers and case fans. In recent years we acquired a far-ranging expertise in the field of consumer electronics. The companyís product range has been further enhanced by new lines unrelated to PC cooling which was the reason behind the 2010 change in our brand name and logo: ARCTIC COOLING became the ARCTIC brand umbrella.

Compared to our competitors, we aim to offer the best value for money, innovation, brand development, as well as cost and capital efficiency and excellent customer service relationships with our partners.

Backed by years of expertise, the Freezer Extreme Rev. 2 faces stiff competition from the likes of Cooler Master who have built up an arsenal of budget offerings such as the notorious Hyper 212 EVO. Letís see how the Freezer Extreme Rev. 2 fares under the most stressing of conditions.

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